Why do we find panoramic views so attractive and how can we capture the impact in one single photograph? David Hay shares his views and a bit of advice on these wide view panoramic marvels

Photography books talk about the field-of-view of ‘the human eye’ and compare it to certain focal lengths of lenses. However, rather than having just one eye, most people have a second eye, conveniently placed alongside the first one. The combined field of view of both eyes is much wider. Try this test for yourself. Frown. See how quickly your eyebrows appear in the top of your visual field. Now hold your arms straight out by your sides. While looking ahead, slowly move your arms forwards until you are aware of your hands at the edges of your visual field. Your field of view will be about 160 degrees wide but quite narrow top to bottom, the same shape as most…

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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